Rumors have suggested that Apple will increase the screen size of the upcoming iPhone 6, going from the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5s to both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch options. One detail that we haven’t heard much about is the new iPhone’s screen resolution and whether Apple will retain the 1136x640 resolution of the 5s or bump that up for the larger displays. Today a report claims to have more info on that matter.
Sources speaking to 9to5Mac claim that Apple is currently testing a new iPhone model with a screen resolution of 1704x960. This would give a 4.7-inch iPhone a density of 416 PPI, while the 5.5 incher would be 356 PPI, both of which would exceed Apple’s 300 PPI Retina threshold. The iPhone 6’s display is also expected to maintain the 16:9 aspect ratio of the iPhone 5s.
Tipsters also claim that iOS user interface elements like the home screen, Notification Center and Settings menu will look like larger versions of their current iterations. We’ve still got quite a few months between now and the iPhone 6’s expected fall debut, though, so it’s possible that that could change and that Apple could tweak iOS to better take advantage of the larger, higher-res displays.
It’s worth noting that, as with all Apple rumors, this report of a higher screen resolution for the iPhone 6 is still very much unconfirmed. Considering how heavily Apple pushes Retina displays, including with its Retina MacBook Pros and Retina iPad models, it seems likely that the Cupertino firm would bump up the screen resolution of a larger-screened iPhone 6 to keep it above that Retina threshold.
What do you think of today’s report? Would you be interested in a new iPhone with a larger, higher-resolution display?